Year in review: top 5 federal stories of 2013

FedScoop compiled a list of the top five stories everyone in the federal IT community was chatting about at the water cooler this year.

Users flock to healthcare.gov as deadline looms

Site visits to healthcare.gov spiked to a record high Monday, as consumers scrambled to make the deadline for health coverage starting on Jan 1.

HHS looks for tech entrepreneur

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for an innovator in residence to lay the new groundwork for health information technology.

Former Microsoft exec tapped to replace Jeff Zients

There’s a new lead man running healthcare.gov. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced today Kurt DelBene will be Jeff Zients’ successor and also serve as Sebelius’ senior adviser.

Conservatives petition Obama over healthcare.gov security

Republicans on the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology sent Dec. 11 a warning to President Barack Obama about the security risks associated with healthcare.gov.

Sebelius defends new healthcare.gov numbers before Congress

In the wake of news that 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace in October and November, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius updated members of Congress on Dec. 11 on the progress of healthcare.gov.

8 federal IT contracts to watch in FY 2014

Every year, Deltek identifies the top 20 federal contract opportunities for the upcoming fiscal year. FedScoop examined those opportunities and has compiled the top IT contracts government and industry should keep their eyes on in 2014.

Healthcare.gov sees ‘dramatic progress’

On Dec. 2, website traffic on healthcare.gov doubled, launching an upward trend the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services anticipates will continue. In a press call Monday, Julie Bataille, director of communications at CMS, said now that the site’s many technical bugs have been fixed, traffic is expected to grow.

Despite healthcare.gov debacle, Americans still believe in ACA

Healthcare.gov may have had a rocky start, but a majority of Americans surveyed for a new poll still feel the Affordable Care Act will work, eventually. A CNN/ORC International poll released Nov. 27 found a majority of respondents think the law will straighten itself out, even though about 60 percent currently oppose it.

Healthcare.gov now works ‘for the vast majority of users’

Healthcare.gov is on track to work smoothly for most users by the end of November, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Director of Communications Julie Bataille.

Threat Matrix: Healthcare.gov security & the role of DHS

This week, Cyber and National Security Reporter Dan Verton takes you into a House homeland security committee hearing where lawmakers want to know why the Department of Homeland Security has had little or no interaction with the Department of Health and Human Services on the most significant federal website of the last decade.

Healthcare.gov hearing reveals limits of DHS authority in federal cybersecurity

U.S. lawmakers today grilled the senior cybersecurity official from the Department of Homeland Security about the potential vulnerabilities in the federal healthcare.gov website, exposing a major disconnect between the lead agency responsible for securing the dot-gov domain and the agencies that approve and manage those websites.

Top technologists testify on healthcare.gov

The plagued rollout of healthcare.gov isn’t so much a technical issue, but rooted in a larger management challenge and failure to adopt private-sector best practices in launching IT projects, according to testimony heard at the Nov. 13 hearing on the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.

Healthcare.gov slowly coming to life

The Department of Health and Human Services released a mediocre update of the Healthcare.gov repairs since hiring Jeff Zients to oversee the progress.

Tech companies to rescue troubled healthcare.gov site

A week after the administration announced its “tech surge” to fix the ailing healthcare.gov site, more details have emerged about who exactly has been tapped to serve.

House committee gets rough with Sebelius over healthcare.gov

Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for the failure of healthcare.gov at an Oct. 30 hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Higher citizen satisfaction with government websites than industry counterparts

Federal websites have continued their trend of online citizen satisfaction, despite the saliency of healthcare.gov’s failures, according to a study by ForeSee and the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Committee demands answers on healthcare.gov from contractors

Representatives from the four main contractors involved with healthcare.gov were in the hot seat for 4.5 hours on Oct. 24, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on issues with the troubled site.

GAO pushes to take personal data off Medicare cards

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiate IT changes to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.

Award for healthcare.gov increased $100 million in last year

The insurance marketplace healthcare.gov has been experiencing major user issues since its launch more than two weeks ago, and federal records show that since April more than $100 million have been added to the initial contract for the creation of the site.

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